Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2016

Arts and Entertainment

May 31, 2016

From: Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Know Theatre

6pm: Clara

Aerial silks meets dance theatre in this story of resilience.

Using dance, theatre and aerial silks, Clara is a singular theatrical event that tells the remarkable true story of one woman's fortitude despite tremendous adversity. Delve through time from the Depression and World War II to today to meet Clara at three pivotal ages: as a child, as a young adult and as a mature older woman who discovers that, in the face of loss and betrayal, the resilient know strength, hope and appreciation remain.

Cost: $15

7:45pm: Other Bother

Probing the bother from another other.

Others have infiltrated our daily existence. Others are irksome and tedious. Others believe weird stuff and do weird things. They're cretins. Evolution has not solved this problem? Why? WHY? WHHYYYYYYY? We will get right down to the real nitty gritty. We will solve the problem. We will make the world a joyous place. Join us as we explore how to conquer the bother of another other.

Cost: $15

9:15pm: Darlings

A dark and dangerous re-imagining of Peter Pan.

A re-imagining of "Peter Pan" told from the perspective of the Darlings, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night ... where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can't trust the charming little boy with the impish smile. A dark and dangerous fairy tale for adults.

Cost: $15

Coffee Emporium

6:30pm: SHEnatra

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin trapped in women's bodies.

The Rat Pack is back! Those hip swingers who epitomized mid-century male swagger live on--and face their own music. Forced to broaden their horizons in the bodies of a couple of broads, Frank and Dino ring-a-ding-ding away their time in purgatory examining timeless gender issues via classic songs with new opinions. The Fresno Bee calls it "razor-sharp...blisteringly funny...a MUST-SEE." From the creators of The Famous Haydell Sisters.

Cost: $15

8:15pm: Woody vs. Mia vs. Gwyneth vs. Coldplay

A break-up game show for anyone who's ever consciously uncoupled.

Welcome to our break-up game show! This show imagines its four title characters are all friends, and follow what happens after Gwyneth and Coldplay's conscious uncoupling unsettles Mia and Woody's imperfect partnership. Interspersed through this are games requiring the performers to challenge and surprise each other (every night is different), including "It's All Good! An Exercise in Rationalization," "The Love Song of J. Gwyneth Paltrow," and "The Five Stages of Staying the F--- Together!"

Cost: $15

17E Court

6:15pm: Cessna: A Drama Noir

Murder, jazz and buried money.

December, 1982. An unexplained plane crash leaves five officials and confessed embezzler Carl Johnson incinerated in a ruined Montgomery bookstore. The box of cash they sought? Buried in Cincinnati. Agent John Lockwood seeks answers and redemption in a dark caper where none can be trusted and fate carries out its own inscrutable design.

Based on true events, CESSNA features live jazz music and an all-star cast including Michael Hall, Michael Bath, Mindy Heithaus and Carter Bratton.

8:10pm: The Gospel of Fat Kathy

Millennials- Prepared to Get Schooled. Everyone Else- We're Sorry.

In this play, God checks in on Earth disguised as a high school student. A girl spreads cooties with a nudie. A suicide is contemplated. Myths are performed. Lessons are learned. You'll cry, you'll LOL- your grandmother's not gonna get it. #gofk

Art Academy Commons

6:15pm: Seen, but not

Kenric knows Hale better than anyone. Hale is so screwed.

Hale is just trying to get through life. Things aren't perfect (they rarely ever are), but Kenric complicates things even further. Seen, but not Touched is a show that focuses on the toxic relationship between the two and explores the way interactions that are seemingly innocent can have lasting impacts on all those they touch. Join Hale as he tries to define these connections and see if he can withstand all that is attached to them.

8:45pm: Golconda

Four famous artists discuss relationships and their sexualities before Pride.

In the modern world of online dating, anyone can be anyone. So why not be four of the most influential artists of all time? Join Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol at brunch as they explore the freedoms and restrictions of their sexualities. When presented with equal dignity in the eyes of the law, what happens when some refuse this right themselves? It's a coming of age story, where four generations come to age together.

Art Academy Auditorium

7:25pm: Duryodhana the Unconquerable

Universality of Ruling Class through the ages and its fate.

Duryodhana is a ruler from one of the most talked about epics: The Mahabharata. Through the words of Duryodhana and his wife Bhanumati, this play portrays the universal nature of the rulers from the ancient times of history till the present day. Power thus becomes the central character of the story while evolving around the struggle within it. The subjects of the rulers - will they eventually rise? Do they aspire to become another ruler?

9:10pm: Biscuiteater

Jim Loucks' new rollicking solo performance in Southern storytelling style

Jim Loucks returns to the CincyFringe with his new rollicking solo performance. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Loucks' previous show Cemetery Golf was a "Critic's Pick" by the Cincinnati Citybeat.

OTR Community Church

8:30pm: **** Men Have Said or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Patriarchy

Gender roles reexamined and re-imagined.

Enter the system! ReVamp Collective would like to invite you to the People's Association of Testing, Research, and Innovation for Achieving Rigorous Control of Humanity. This organization is committed to developing standards to maintain a well-ordered society, and training individuals to understand and fulfill these expectations. This production reexamines the established gender roles in our western society. Each 'test subject' will be part of the conversation through moments of audience participation before, during and after the performance. Welcome, and enjoy.

Graydon Head

6:30pm: Midnight Express

A midnight plea leads two sisters to haunted train tracks and beyond.

Former sisters Casey and Cassie meet on haunted train tracks at midnight to recreate a ghost story from their childhood in an attempt to discover what part of family is real and what part is urban legend.

Gabriel's Corner

7:45pm: Charlie's Girls

It was so wonderful that it scared us.

"These were your children; you threw them out and I took them in." Charles Manson, Gardener of the Haight, tended to the Flower Children. In a time of free love, why was war their first, last, and only hope? In the shadow of the horrific murders of 1969, Charlie's Girls explores the space in which the impressionable prey becomes the merciless predator.

Others

7:45pm: Graphic - Know Theatre

Cincinnati murals come to life - inspiring collaboration & sparking social change.

Pones Inc. takes the audience outside the theatre and into the streets. The murals by ArtWorks and Higher Level Art have created an urban art gallery in the City, and "Graphic" extends these backdrops off their walls and into real life by creating six pop-up stages. Over 25 artists collaborate to share with you the stories behind the paint.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Know Theatre

6:30pm: Boo-Boo

He's a thirty-year-old two-year-old. It's weird.

Frank is the nanny of Brandon, a 30-year-old man who lives his life as a toddler 24 hours a day. After three years, the two have grown close and Frank is troubled when he notices self-destructive tendencies in Brandon. He recruits Sandy, an altruistic but lost woman he meets at the park to go undercover as another adult baby to find what's hurting Brandon without alerting his mother, his greatest enabler.

8:25pm: Other Bother

Probing the bother from another other.

Others have infiltrated our daily existence. Others are irksome and tedious. Others believe weird stuff and do weird things. They're cretins. Evolution has not solved this problem? Why? WHY? WHHYYYYYYY? We will get right down to the real nitty gritty. We will solve the problem. We will make the world a joyous place. Join us as we explore how to conquer the bother of another other.

Coffee Emporium

6:15pm: You Are The Hero

A live videogame adventure where you could save the world.

One part Legend of Zelda, one part theatre, You Are the Hero is your chance to save the world from Evil! Fresh off a run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and a North American tour, this adventure hands the controls (and Starburst) to you. You'll have to be brave, powerful, and wise to bring the story to a victorious end.

But be careful, because 'Game Over' does exist....

9:10pm: Cosmic Nomad

Australian comedian shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars.

Comedian, physicist, and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it's increasingly likely he'll die on the red planet.

So if YOU were leaving the planet in 10 years time, what would you do before you left?

17E Court

7pm: Naked Strangers

Remember good manners? We don't. Etiquette explored.

We all enter the world as naked strangers. We clothe ourselves in etiquette to navigate the twists and turns of life together on this planet. We are taught what is right at a young age and we do our best by each other. Or do we? Naked Strangers is a theatrical journey that will rock your world. These are nasty times. Are you ready?

8:30pm: TESLA EX MACHINA

One-man show about Nikola Tesla, using live electrical demonstrations

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders!

Art Academy Commons

7pm: Post Traumatic Super Delightful

Laughter and healing after sexual assault.

*Can there be laughter in the healing process? The lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown. "Meet your new heroes"- Marie Claire Magazin

Art Academy Auditorium

6:30pm: I Hate it Here

A romantic dramedy about two women trying to become one.

Shelly and Margaret are at an impasse in their relationship. Shelly's an unemployed, outgoing hypochondriac, and Margaret is a highly functional agoraphobe who hasn't spoken to anyone but Shelly and their cat, Mr. Furrypants, in a year. To jumpstart their lives and eliminate their faults, they try to meld into one person, using rituals and potions. I Hate It Here is the first appearance of a SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre, production in the Fringe Festival.

8:25pm: Duryodhana the Unconquerable

Universality of Ruling Class through the ages and its fate.

Duryodhana is a ruler from one of the most talked about epics: The Mahabharata. Through the words of Duryodhana and his wife Bhanumati, this play portrays the universal nature of the rulers from the ancient times of history till the present day. Power thus becomes the central character of the story while evolving around the struggle within it. The subjects of the rulers - will they eventually rise? Do they aspire to become another ruler?

Art Academy Studio

8pm: Daddy Issues

The story of growing up with and without my father.

Moth Host and Storyteller Peter Aguero takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with and without his father. "Simply, perfectly moving" - Edmonton Journal "A master storyteller and wordsmith" - Winnipeg Free Press

OTR Community Church

6:30pm: You Are Here: A Play in Retrospect

Two teens must confront past traumas to live authentically.

August and Violet, two cosmically drawn, generally dissatisfied high school seniors, are ****** into a memory wasteland containing neglected moments from their pasts. They are forced to confront their histories in order to come to terms with who they have become. They grapple with the concept of trust as they relive past harms ranging from religious condemnation to volatile family dynamic. The ultimatum: reconcile with their pasts, or never reenter the physical world.

8:15pm: Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

One woman's true, hilarious, devastating story of placing her son for adoption.

Baby Mama tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams--while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn't). Bring hankies.

MOTR

7:30pm: Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story

Singer/songwriter musical adventure that squeezes the heart and tickles the humorous.

Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story is an intimate musical adventure. It is a collection of story scenes that are interspersed with original songs, weaving a unique tapestry of theatrical evolution! One Woman, One Man, armed with only a chair, a table, a bottle of bourbon, and some instruments: Squeeze It From the Middle is a journey of (mostly) humorous stories and (practically) true tales worth repeating. Give it a juicy squeeze!

Graydon Head

6:15pm: Here's Hoping There's a Radioactive Spider in Your Future

A ridiculous comedy about the ridiculousness of growning up.

Some things in life are just too absurd to be taken seriously. Like high school, for example. It's a delicate juggling of Calculus homework, masterprank heists, lightsaber battles, and a wish and a prayer that the FAFSA comes out in your favour. Digital Middleground presents a satirical peek at one week in the life of five high school students; homework, heist, and lightsabers included.

8pm: Ryan and Alice?

Who says the party isn't in the bathroom...

Ryan and Alice weren't expecting to be trapped in the run-down bathroom at a Louisville apartment party - and they aren't too thrilled with the situation. Can tales of sex, adolescent humiliation, and giant cream puffs distract them from a doomed attraction? Witty dialogue and honest observation drive this contemporary look at the unexpected strangers who shape our lives. A must-see comedy!

Gabriel's Corner

7:25pm: Through the Mickle Woods

The king and boy seek Bear after the queen's death

Through the Mickle Woods is a dance-theatre story of a boy and king who travel deep into the woods after the queen has died. It was her last wish for them to give her ring to the Bear. Caught up in mourning, the king begrudgingly goes on the journey, but the boy convinces him to stay and hear the Bear's stories. The Bear tells three stories that help the king through his grief.

9pm: Furlesque

Growing up can be hard in this furry burlesque club!

Jackson Hawkins is the owner of the Scratch & Sniff. Nancy Hawkins is his niece. She so desperately wants to be part of the show, but he won't let her. Why is he squashing her dreams? Why won't he let her dance? Is that a real bear roaming around the stage? Furlesque answers these questions (and creates quite a few more) in this coming of age story set inside a burlesque club for furries!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Know Theatre

6:30pm: The Unrepentant Necrophile

A gothic rock romance about a mortician and her body.

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral… but three days just isn't enough. The creators of "Edgar Allan" (recipient of the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe) return with a gothic rock opera inspired by the notorious 1978 interview with necrophile Karen Greenlee.

8:05pm: Boo-boo

He's a thirty-year-old two-year-old. It's weird.

Frank is the nanny of Brandon, a 30-year-old man who lives his life as a toddler 24 hours a day. After three years, the two have grown close and Frank is troubled when he notices self-destructive tendencies in Brandon. He recruits Sandy, an altruistic but lost woman he meets at the park to go undercover as another adult baby to find what's hurting Brandon without alerting his mother, his greatest enabler.

Coffee Emporium

6:15pm: You Are The Hero

A live videogame adventure where you could save the world.

One part Legend of Zelda, one part theatre, You Are the Hero is your chance to save the world from Evil! Fresh off a run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and a North American tour, this adventure hands the controls (and Starburst) to you. You'll have to be brave, powerful, and wise to bring the story to a victorious end.

But be careful, because 'Game Over' does exist....

9pm: Woody vs. Mia vs. Gwyneth vs. Coldplay

A break-up game show for anyone who's ever consciously uncoupled.

Welcome to our break-up game show! This show imagines its four title characters are all friends, and follow what happens after Gwyneth and Coldplay's conscious uncoupling unsettles Mia and Woody's imperfect partnership. Interspersed through this are games requiring the performers to challenge and surprise each other (every night is different), including "It's All Good! An Exercise in Rationalization," "The Love Song of J. Gwyneth Paltrow," and "The Five Stages of Staying the F--- Together!"

17E Court

7:30pm: Naked Strangers

Remember good manners? We don't. Etiquette explored.

We all enter the world as naked strangers. We clothe ourselves in etiquette to navigate the twists and turns of life together on this planet. We are taught what is right at a young age and we do our best by each other. Or do we? Naked Strangers is a theatrical journey that will rock your world. These are nasty times. Are you ready?

9pm: Cessna: A Drama Noir

Murder, jazz and buried money.

December, 1982. An unexplained plane crash leaves five officials and confessed embezzler Carl Johnson incinerated in a ruined Montgomery bookstore. The box of cash they sought? Buried in Cincinnati. Agent John Lockwood seeks answers and redemption in a dark caper where none can be trusted and fate carries out its own inscrutable design.

Based on true events, CESSNA features live jazz music and an all-star cast including Michael Hall, Michael Bath, Mindy Heithaus and Carter Bratton.

Art Academy Commons

6:30pm: Velour

Vinnie Velour hilariously pursues dreams of becoming a lounge singer.

The creators of The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin' Love (Citybeat Critic's Pick 2014) are back for their 3rd Cincy Fringe with the story of wannabe lounge singer, Vinnie Velour, who must fight for the right to sing via a series of audience-chosen variety acts offering 27 possible outcomes!

8:10pm: Seen, But Not Touched

Kenric knows Hale better than anyone. Hale is so screwed.

Hale is just trying to get through life. Things aren't perfect (they rarely ever are), but Kenric complicates things even further. Seen, but not Touched is a show that focuses on the toxic relationship between the two and explores the way interactions that are seemingly innocent can have lasting impacts on all those they touch. Join Hale as he tries to define these connections and see if he can withstand all that is attached to them.

Art Academy Auditorium

9:15pm: The Biscuiteater

Jim Loucks' new rollicking solo performance in Southern storytelling style

Jim Loucks returns to the CincyFringe with his new rollicking solo performance. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Loucks' previous show Cemetery Golf was a "Critic's Pick" by the Cincinnati Citybeat.

Art Academy Studio

6:15pm: William Shakespeare's Most Brutal Tragedy: Measure for Measure!

A Shakespearean exploration of rape culture

Measure for Measure features Isabella struggling to maintain her bodily autonomy amongst several powerful men who desire her. This exploration of Shakespeare's text highlights the changes between 17th century Verona and today--and what hasn't changed.

7:45pm: We Did It, Girl!

Let's just say our goal is nothing short of ending racism.

Our goal with We Did It, Girl! is the eradication of racism in America by the end of our run. Anything else is a waste of time. You might also laugh, cry, sing along and find yourself utterly horrified by the end and that's ok too. But we've got no more time for broad assumptions and lazy generalizations about people who are different and so we are putting a stop it here and now. Enjoy.

OTR Community Church

6:30pm: Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

One woman's true, hilarious, devastating story of placing her son for adoption.

Baby Mama tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams--while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn't). Bring hankies.

8:25pm: Black-n-White

There's more than cookies crumblin' down at the Black-n-White Cafe...

A diverse group of fun-loving patrons at a local hipster cafe are brought face-to-face with their fears when confronted by a larger society that seems to be crumbling like the famous NY-style black and white cookies that the cafe is known for. One by one, as they are confronted by the issues at hand, they learn to face one another honestly as they grapple with the awkward truths revealed as the story unfolds.

MOTR

7:45 PM: Punk's Not Dead and Neither is Sam

True friendship is punk as f^ck. Save the orcas, man.

Guys! My friend Sam's real sick so listen. What if you only had one shot to pull off the most epic, punk as f^ck show ever, man? Nailing it would not only save "the kids," get you the girl, free the orcas, make me famous and… Wait, what? What was the deal with Sam again? Anyway, would you do it, man? Join some good friends and Shoeless Joe Jackson? in this punk as f^ck catastrophe.

Graydon Head

9:10pm: Ryan and Alice?

Who says the party isn't in the bathroom...

Ryan and Alice weren't expecting to be trapped in the run-down bathroom at a Louisville apartment party - and they aren't too thrilled with the situation. Can tales of sex, adolescent humiliation, and giant cream puffs distract them from a doomed attraction? Witty dialogue and honest observation drive this contemporary look at the unexpected strangers who shape our lives. A must-see comedy!

Gabriel's Corner

7:30pm: Furlesque

Growing up can be hard in this furry burlesque club!

Jackson Hawkins is the owner of the Scratch & Sniff. Nancy Hawkins is his niece. She so desperately wants to be part of the show, but he won't let her. Why is he squashing her dreams? Why won't he let her dance? Is that a real bear roaming around the stage? Furlesque answers these questions (and creates quite a few more) in this coming of age story set inside a burlesque club for furries!

9:15pm: Charlie's Girls

It was so wonderful that it scared us.

"These were your children; you threw them out and I took them in." Charles Manson, Gardener of the Haight, tended to the Flower Children. In a time of free love, why was war their first, last, and only hope? In the shadow of the horrific murders of 1969, Charlie's Girls explores the space in which the impressionable prey becomes the merciless predator.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Know Theatre

2pm: Clara

Aerial silks meets dance theatre in this story of resilience.

Using dance, theatre and aerial silks, Clara is a singular theatrical event that tells the remarkable true story of one woman's fortitude despite tremendous adversity. Delve through time from the Depression and World War II to today to meet Clara at three pivotal ages: as a child, as a young adult and as a mature older woman who discovers that, in the face of loss and betrayal, the resilient know strength, hope and appreciation remain.

3:45pm: Other Bother

Probing the bother from another other.

Others have infiltrated our daily existence. Others are irksome and tedious. Others believe weird stuff and do weird things. They're cretins. Evolution has not solved this problem? Why? WHY? WHHYYYYYYY? We will get right down to the real nitty gritty. We will solve the problem. We will make the world a joyous place. Join us as we explore how to conquer the bother of another other.

7:40pm: Darlings

A dark and dangerous re-imagining of Peter Pan.

A re-imagining of "Peter Pan" told from the perspective of the Darlings, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night ... where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can't trust the charming little boy with the impish smile. A dark and dangerous fairy tale for adults.

9:25pm: The Unrepentant Necrophile

A gothic rock romance about a mortician and her body.

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral… but three days just isn't enough. The creators of "Edgar Allan" (recipient of the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe) return with a gothic rock opera inspired by the notorious 1978 interview with necrophile Karen Greenlee.

Coffee Emporium

1pm: You Are The Hero

A live videogame adventure where you could save the world.

One part Legend of Zelda, one part theatre, You Are the Hero is your chance to save the world from Evil! Fresh off a run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and a North American tour, this adventure hands the controls (and Starburst) to you. You'll have to be brave, powerful, and wise to bring the story to a victorious end.

But be careful, because 'Game Over' does exist....

3:45pm: Woody vs. Mia vs. Gwyneth vs. Coldplay

A break-up game show for anyone who's ever consciously uncoupled.

Welcome to our break-up game show! This show imagines its four title characters are all friends, and follow what happens after Gwyneth and Coldplay's conscious uncoupling unsettles Mia and Woody's imperfect partnership. Interspersed through this are games requiring the performers to challenge and surprise each other (every night is different), including "It's All Good! An Exercise in Rationalization," "The Love Song of J. Gwyneth Paltrow," and "The Five Stages of Staying the F--- Together!"

7pm: Cosmic Nomad

Australian comedian shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars.

Comedian, physicist, and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it's increasingly likely he'll die on the red planet.

So if YOU were leaving the planet in 10 years time, what would you do before you left?

8:35pm: SHEnatra

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin trapped in women's bodies.

The Rat Pack is back! Those hip swingers who epitomized mid-century male swagger live on--and face their own music. Forced to broaden their horizons in the bodies of a couple of broads, Frank and Dino ring-a-ding-ding away their time in purgatory examining timeless gender issues via classic songs with new opinions. The Fresno Bee calls it "razor-sharp...blisteringly funny...a MUST-SEE." From the creators of The Famous Haydell Sisters.

17E Court

4pm: TESLA EX MACHINA

One-man show about Nikola Tesla, using live electrical demonstrations

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders!

7:45pm: Naked Strangers

Remember good manners? We don't. Etiquette explored.

We all enter the world as naked strangers. We clothe ourselves in etiquette to navigate the twists and turns of life together on this planet. We are taught what is right at a young age and we do our best by each other. Or do we? Naked Strangers is a theatrical journey that will rock your world. These are nasty times. Are you ready?

9:15pm: The Gospel of Fat Kathy

Millennials- Prepared to Get Schooled. Everyone Else- We're Sorry.

In this play, God checks in on Earth disguised as a high school student. A girl spreads cooties with a nudie. A suicide is contemplated. Myths are performed. Lessons are learned. You'll cry, you'll LOL- your grandmother's not gonna get it. #gofk

Art Academy Commons

6:30pm: Golconda

Four famous artists discuss relationships and their sexualities before Pride.

In the modern world of online dating, anyone can be anyone. So why not be four of the most influential artists of all time? Join Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol at brunch as they explore the freedoms and restrictions of their sexualities. When presented with equal dignity in the eyes of the law, what happens when some refuse this right themselves? It's a coming of age story, where four generations come to age together.

9:15pm: Post Traumatic Super Delightful

Laughter and healing after sexual assault.

*Can there be laughter in the healing process? The lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.

Art Academy Auditorium

4pm: Duryodhana the Unconquerable

Universality of Ruling Class through the ages and its fate.

Duryodhana is a ruler from one of the most talked about epics: The Mahabharata. Through the words of Duryodhana and his wife Bhanumati, this play portrays the universal nature of the rulers from the ancient times of history till the present day. Power thus becomes the central character of the story while evolving around the struggle within it. The subjects of the rulers - will they eventually rise? Do they aspire to become another ruler?

7:15pm: A Night with the Dream Keeper

A bubbly hostess will weave through dreams and real-life.

Long ago, the Dream Keeper (DK) was assigned the task of watching and recording the dreams of people in a certain region. For the first time ever, she is being put in front of a live audience. DK, over-excited, but underprepared narrates while presenting her favorite group of people's dreams and subsequent real-life sequences. It'll be a thought-provoking night supplemented with laughter, music, and dreams one of the most fascinating complications of the human mind.

9:05pm: I Hate It Here

A romantic dramedy about two women trying to become one.

Shelly and Margaret are at an impasse in their relationship. Shelly's an unemployed, outgoing hypochondriac, and Margaret is a highly functional agoraphobe who hasn't spoken to anyone but Shelly and their cat, Mr. Furrypants, in a year. To jumpstart their lives and eliminate their faults, they try to meld into one person, using rituals and potions. I Hate It Here is the first appearance of a SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre, production in the Fringe Festival.

Art Academy Studio

1:30pm: We Did It, Girl

Let's just say our goal is nothing short of ending racism.

Our goal with We Did It, Girl! is the eradication of racism in America by the end of our run. Anything else is a waste of time. You might also laugh, cry, sing along and find yourself utterly horrified by the end and that's ok too. But we've got no more time for broad assumptions and lazy generalizations about people who are different and so we are putting a stop it here and now. Enjoy.

7:40pm: My Left Teeth

A Dead Aunt's House. A Videotape. 2 Strangers. A Mystery-omedy.

My Left Teeth is a new play written and directed by Paul Strickland, starring Miranda McGee and Annie Kalahurka. While cleaning out the house of her estranged and strange dead aunt, a woman encounters her aunt's persistently peculiar neighbor, and then finds a mysterious videotape the departed left behind which is probably going to change everything.

9:30pm: William Shakespeare's Most Brutal Tragedy: Measure for Measure!

A Shakespearean exploration of rape culture

Measure for Measure features Isabella struggling to maintain her bodily autonomy amongst several powerful men who desire her. This exploration of Shakespeare's text highlights the changes between 17th century Verona and today--and what hasn't changed.

OTR Community Church

2:30pm: Black-n-White Cafe

There's more than cookies crumblin' down at the Black-n-White Cafe...

A diverse group of fun-loving patrons at a local hipster cafe are brought face-to-face with their fears when confronted by a larger society that seems to be crumbling like the famous NY-style black and white cookies that the cafe is known for. One by one, as they are confronted by the issues at hand, they learn to face one another honestly as they grapple with the awkward truths revealed as the story unfolds.

6:30pm: You Are Here: A Play in Retrospect

Two teens must confront past traumas to live authentically.

August and Violet, two cosmically drawn, generally dissatisfied high school seniors, are ****** into a memory wasteland containing neglected moments from their pasts. They are forced to confront their histories in order to come to terms with who they have become. They grapple with the concept of trust as they relive past harms ranging from religious condemnation to volatile family dynamic. The ultimatum: reconcile with their pasts, or never reenter the physical world.

8:15pm: **** Men Have Said or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Patriarchy

Gender roles reexamined and re-imagined.

Enter the system! ReVamp Collective would like to invite you to the People's Association of Testing, Research, and Innovation for Achieving Rigorous Control of Humanity. This organization is committed to developing standards to maintain a well-ordered society, and training individuals to understand and fulfill these expectations. This production reexamines the established gender roles in our western society. Each 'test subject' will be part of the conversation through moments of audience participation before, during and after the performance. Welcome, and enjoy.

MOTR

5pm: Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story

Singer/songwriter musical adventure that squeezes the heart and tickles the humorous.

Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story is an intimate musical adventure. It is a collection of story scenes that are interspersed with original songs, weaving a unique tapestry of theatrical evolution! One Woman, One Man, armed with only a chair, a table, a bottle of bourbon, and some instruments: Squeeze It From the Middle is a journey of (mostly) humorous stories and (practically) true tales worth repeating. Give it a juicy squeeze!

Graydon Head

1:30pm: Ryan and Alice?

Who says the party isn't in the bathroom...

Ryan and Alice weren't expecting to be trapped in the run-down bathroom at a Louisville apartment party - and they aren't too thrilled with the situation. Can tales of sex, adolescent humiliation, and giant cream puffs distract them from a doomed attraction? Witty dialogue and honest observation drive this contemporary look at the unexpected strangers who shape our lives. A must-see comedy!

3:15pm: Here's Hoping There's a Radioactive Spider in Your Future

A ridiculous comedy about the ridiculousness of growning up.

Some things in life are just too absurd to be taken seriously. Like high school, for example. It's a delicate juggling of Calculus homework, masterprank heists, lightsaber battles, and a wish and a prayer that the FAFSA comes out in your favour. Digital Middleground presents a satirical peek at one week in the life of five high school students; homework, heist, and lightsabers included.

7pm: Ice Candle

Memories melt. Especially in Indonesia. A live "un-documentary" solo show.

When Erika MacDonald was 18 she did NOT spend a year in Indonesia but she came close, before being evacuated. Can she ever truly explain what happened? A live "un-documentary" solo show about a strange girl in a strange land. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Performance" at Orlando Fringe, MacDonald has appeared in Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] and Tales Too Tall for Trailers.

8:15pm: Midnight Express

A midnight plea leads two sisters to haunted train tracks and beyond.

Former sisters Casey and Cassie meet on haunted train tracks at midnight to recreate a ghost story from their childhood in an attempt to discover what part of family is real and what part is urban legend.

Gabriel's Corner

7:30pm: Through the Mickle Woods

The king and boy seek Bear after the queen's death

Through the Mickle Woods is a dance-theatre story of a boy and king who travel deep into the woods after the queen has died. It was her last wish for them to give her ring to the Bear. Caught up in mourning, the king begrudgingly goes on the journey, but the boy convinces him to stay and hear the Bear's stories. The Bear tells three stories that help the king through his grief.

9:15pm: Charlie's Girls

It was so wonderful that it scared us.

"These were your children; you threw them out and I took them in." Charles Manson, Gardener of the Haight, tended to the Flower Children. In a time of free love, why was war their first, last, and only hope? In the shadow of the horrific murders of 1969, Charlie's Girls explores the space in which the impressionable prey becomes the merciless predator.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Know Theatre

4pm: Boo-boo

He's a thirty-year-old two-year-old. It's weird.

Frank is the nanny of Brandon, a 30-year-old man who lives his life as a toddler 24 hours a day. After three years, the two have grown close and Frank is troubled when he notices self-destructive tendencies in Brandon. He recruits Sandy, an altruistic but lost woman he meets at the park to go undercover as another adult baby to find what's hurting Brandon without alerting his mother, his greatest enabler.

7pm: Clara

Aerial silks meets dance theatre in this story of resilience.

Using dance, theatre and aerial silks, Clara is a singular theatrical event that tells the remarkable true story of one woman's fortitude despite tremendous adversity. Delve through time from the Depression and World War II to today to meet Clara at three pivotal ages: as a child, as a young adult and as a mature older woman who discovers that, in the face of loss and betrayal, the resilient know strength, hope and appreciation remain.

9pm: The Unrepentant Necrophile

A gothic rock romance about a mortician and her body.

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral… but three days just isn't enough. The creators of "Edgar Allan" (recipient of the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe) return with a gothic rock opera inspired by the notorious 1978 interview with necrophile Karen Greenlee.

Coffee Emporium

4:20pm: You Are The Hero

A live videogame adventure where you could save the world.

One part Legend of Zelda, one part theatre, You Are the Hero is your chance to save the world from Evil! Fresh off a run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and a North American tour, this adventure hands the controls (and Starburst) to you. You'll have to be brave, powerful, and wise to bring the story to a victorious end.

But be careful, because 'Game Over' does exist....

17E Court

7:45pm: The Gospel of Fat Kathy

Millennials- Prepared to Get Schooled. Everyone Else- We're Sorry.

In this play, God checks in on Earth disguised as a high school student. A girl spreads cooties with a nudie. A suicide is contemplated. Myths are performed. Lessons are learned. You'll cry, you'll LOL- your grandmother's not gonna get it. #gofk

Art Academy Commons

3:45pm: The Secrets of Avondale Falls

Dynasty meets Power Rangers with a thousand times more quicksand.

Avondale Falls. Where everybody knows your name. Because they're planning to poison you for seducing their fiancé while they were in an amnesia-induced coma after falling into quicksand, and your husband, the world's handsomest doctor, is trying to put you in a medical prison for the exceptionally beautiful and rich. No one is safe in this 1980s soap opera, performed radio-style. Brought to you by the creator of "RADIO STAR" and her evil twin sister.

6:30pm: Velour

Vinnie Velour hilariously pursues dreams of becoming a lounge singer.

The creators of The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin' Love (Citybeat Critic's Pick 2014) are back for their 3rd Cincy Fringe with the story of wannabe lounge singer, Vinnie Velour, who must fight for the right to sing via a series of audience-chosen variety acts offering 27 possible outcomes!

8:45pm: Post Traumatic Super Delightful

Laughter and healing after sexual assault.

*Can there be laughter in the healing process? The lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.

Art Academy Auditorium

3:45pm: I Hate It Here

A romantic dramedy about two women trying to become one.

Shelly and Margaret are at an impasse in their relationship. Shelly's an unemployed, outgoing hypochondriac, and Margaret is a highly functional agoraphobe who hasn't spoken to anyone but Shelly and their cat, Mr. Furrypants, in a year. To jumpstart their lives and eliminate their faults, they try to meld into one person, using rituals and potions. I Hate It Here is the first appearance of a SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre, production in the Fringe Festival.

7:45pm: Biscuiteater

Jim Loucks' new rollicking solo performance in Southern storytelling style

Jim Loucks returns to the CincyFringe with his new rollicking solo performance. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Loucks' previous show Cemetery Golf was a "Critic's Pick" by the Cincinnati Citybeat.

Art Academy Studio

2pm: William Shakespeare's Most Brutal Tragedy: Measure for Measure!

Jim Loucks' new rollicking solo performance in Southern storytelling style

Jim Loucks returns to the CincyFringe with his new rollicking solo performance. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Loucks' previous show Cemetery Golf was a "Critic's Pick" by the Cincinnati Citybeat.

3:30pm: My Left Teeth

A Dead Aunt's House. A Videotape. 2 Strangers. A Mystery-omedy.

My Left Teeth is a new play written and directed by Paul Strickland, starring Miranda McGee and Annie Kalahurka. While cleaning out the house of her estranged and strange dead aunt, a woman encounters her aunt's persistently peculiar neighbor, and then finds a mysterious videotape the departed left behind which is probably going to change everything.

7:45pm: Daddy Issues

The story of growing up with and without my father.

Moth Host and Storyteller Peter Aguero takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with and without his father. "Simply, perfectly moving" - Edmonton Journal "A master storyteller and wordsmith" - Winnipeg Free Press

OTR Community Church

3:30pm: Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

One woman's true, hilarious, devastating story of placing her son for adoption.

Baby Mama tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams--while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn't). Bring hankies.

6:45pm: **** Men Have Said or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Patriarchy

Gender roles reexamined and re-imagined.

Enter the system! ReVamp Collective would like to invite you to the People's Association of Testing, Research, and Innovation for Achieving Rigorous Control of Humanity. This organization is committed to developing standards to maintain a well-ordered society, and training individuals to understand and fulfill these expectations. This production reexamines the established gender roles in our western society. Each 'test subject' will be part of the conversation through moments of audience participation before, during and after the performance. Welcome, and enjoy.

8:40pm: Black-n-White Cafe

There's more than cookies crumblin' down at the Black-n-White Cafe...

A diverse group of fun-loving patrons at a local hipster cafe are brought face-to-face with their fears when confronted by a larger society that seems to be crumbling like the famous NY-style black and white cookies that the cafe is known for. One by one, as they are confronted by the issues at hand, they learn to face one another honestly as they grapple with the awkward truths revealed as the story unfolds.

MOTR

8:30pm: Punk's Not Dead and Neither is Sam (Yet.)

True friendship is punk as f^ck. Save the orcas, man.

Guys! My friend Sam's real sick so listen. What if you only had one shot to pull off the most epic, punk as f^ck show ever, man? Nailing it would not only save "the kids," get you the girl, free the orcas, make me famous and… Wait, what? What was the deal with Sam again? Anyway, would you do it, man? Join some good friends and Shoeless Joe Jackson? in this punk as f^ck catastrophe.

Graydon Head

3:05pm: Ice Candle

Memories melt. Especially in Indonesia. A live "un-documentary" solo show.

When Erika MacDonald was 18 she did NOT spend a year in Indonesia but she came close, before being evacuated. Can she ever truly explain what happened? A live "un-documentary" solo show about a strange girl in a strange land. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Performance" at Orlando Fringe, MacDonald has appeared in Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] and Tales Too Tall for Trailers.

Gabriel's Corner

2pm: Through the Mickle Woods

he king and boy seek Bear after the queen's death

Through the Mickle Woods is a dance-theatre story of a boy and king who travel deep into the woods after the queen has died. It was her last wish for them to give her ring to the Bear. Caught up in mourning, the king begrudgingly goes on the journey, but the boy convinces him to stay and hear the Bear's stories. The Bear tells three stories that help the king through his grief.

4pm: Furlesque

Growing up can be hard in this furry burlesque club!

Jackson Hawkins is the owner of the Scratch & Sniff. Nancy Hawkins is his niece. She so desperately wants to be part of the show, but he won't let her. Why is he squashing her dreams? Why won't he let her dance? Is that a real bear roaming around the stage? Furlesque answers these questions (and creates quite a few more) in this coming of age story set inside a burlesque club for furries!

Others

8:45pm: Graphic - Know Theatre

Cincinnati murals come to life - inspiring collaboration & sparking social change.

Pones Inc. takes the audience outside the theatre and into the streets. The murals by ArtWorks and Higher Level Art have created an urban art gallery in the City, and "Graphic" extends these backdrops off their walls and into real life by creating six pop-up stages. Over 25 artists collaborate to share with you the stories behind the paint.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Know Theatre

6:30pn: Clara

Aerial silks meets dance theatre in this story of resilience.

Using dance, theatre and aerial silks, Clara is a singular theatrical event that tells the remarkable true story of one woman's fortitude despite tremendous adversity. Delve through time from the Depression and World War II to today to meet Clara at three pivotal ages: as a child, as a young adult and as a mature older woman who discovers that, in the face of loss and betrayal, the resilient know strength, hope and appreciation remain.

8:15pm: Please Call Me Cupcake

Divine meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Reggie Watts.

A mashup of Divine, Pee Wee's Playhouse and Reggie Watts! This bizarre and hilarious drag queen performance uses vintage drum machines and synthesizers with stream of consciousness song lyrics to bring you into the strange mind of Cupcake Hawthorne. Performer Kevin Thornton is a veteran national fringe performer and 2010 New Faces winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

17E Court

6:30pm: Naked Strangers

Remember good manners? We don't. Etiquette explored.

We all enter the world as naked strangers. We clothe ourselves in etiquette to navigate the twists and turns of life together on this planet. We are taught what is right at a young age and we do our best by each other. Or do we? Naked Strangers is a theatrical journey that will rock your world. These are nasty times. Are you ready?

9:05pm: Cessna: A Drama Noir

Murder, jazz and buried money.

December, 1982. An unexplained plane crash leaves five officials and confessed embezzler Carl Johnson incinerated in a ruined Montgomery bookstore. The box of cash they sought? Buried in Cincinnati. Agent John Lockwood seeks answers and redemption in a dark caper where none can be trusted and fate carries out its own inscrutable design.

Art Academy Commons

7:15pm: Golconda

Four famous artists discuss relationships and their sexualities before Pride.

In the modern world of online dating, anyone can be anyone. So why not be four of the most influential artists of all time? Join Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol at brunch as they explore the freedoms and restrictions of their sexualities. When presented with equal dignity in the eyes of the law, what happens when some refuse this right themselves? It's a coming of age story, where four generations come to age together.

9:05pm: velour

Vinnie Velour hilariously pursues dreams of becoming a lounge singer.

The creators of The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin' Love (Citybeat Critic's Pick 2014) are back for their 3rd Cincy Fringe with the story of wannabe lounge singer, Vinnie Velour, who must fight for the right to sing via a series of audience-chosen variety acts offering 27 possible outcomes!

Art Academy Auditorium

8:45pm: A Night with the Dream Keeper

A bubbly hostess will weave through dreams and real-life.

Long ago, the Dream Keeper (DK) was assigned the task of watching and recording the dreams of people in a certain region. For the first time ever, she is being put in front of a live audience. DK, over-excited, but underprepared narrates while presenting her favorite group of people's dreams and subsequent real-life sequences. It'll be a thought-provoking night supplemented with laughter, music, and dreams one of the most fascinating complications of the human mind.

Art Academy Studio

9:15pm: We Did It, Gril!

Let's just say our goal is nothing short of ending racism.

Our goal with We Did It, Girl! is the eradication of racism in America by the end of our run. Anything else is a waste of time. You might also laugh, cry, sing along and find yourself utterly horrified by the end and that's ok too. But we've got no more time for broad assumptions and lazy generalizations about people who are different and so we are putting a stop it here and now. Enjoy.

OTR Community Church

8:55pm: **** Men Have Said or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Patriarchy

Gender roles reexamined and re-imagined.

Enter the system! ReVamp Collective would like to invite you to the People's Association of Testing, Research, and Innovation for Achieving Rigorous Control of Humanity. This organization is committed to developing standards to maintain a well-ordered society, and training individuals to understand and fulfill these expectations. This production reexamines the established gender roles in our western society. Each 'test subject' will be part of the conversation through moments of audience participation before, during and after the performance. Welcome, and enjoy.

Graydon Head

6:30pm: Ryan and Alice?

Who says the party isn't in the bathroom...

Ryan and Alice weren't expecting to be trapped in the run-down bathroom at a Louisville apartment party - and they aren't too thrilled with the situation. Can tales of sex, adolescent humiliation, and giant cream puffs distract them from a doomed attraction? Witty dialogue and honest observation drive this contemporary look at the unexpected strangers who shape our lives. A must-see comedy!

8:15pm: Midnight Express

A midnight plea leads two sisters to haunted train tracks and beyond.

Former sisters Casey and Cassie meet on haunted train tracks at midnight to recreate a ghost story from their childhood in an attempt to discover what part of family is real and what part is urban legend.

Gabriel's Corner

7:15pm: Charlie's Girls

It was so wonderful that it scared us.

"These were your children; you threw them out and I took them in." Charles Manson, Gardener of the Haight, tended to the Flower Children. In a time of free love, why was war their first, last, and only hope? In the shadow of the horrific murders of 1969, Charlie's Girls explores the space in which the impressionable prey becomes the merciless predator.

9pm: Fruit Flies Like a Banana

3 performers. 20+ pieces. 60 minutes. YOU choose the order.

Winner of Audience & Critic's Choice Awards at Orlando Fringe, and earning 5 stars and Patrons' Pick at Minnesota Fringe, The Fourth Wall combines music, theatre, and dance in this madcap variety hour. In addition, YOU determine the show order by choosing cards from a deck! At the cry of "Pick a card, any card!" a company member dashes into the house to audience members eagerly waiting to choose whatever high-art shenanigan will come next.

Others

8:45pm: OTRimprov  - The Woodward

Founded in 2011, OTRimprov is proud to be a home for improv comedy and professional improv training in Cincinnati. OTRi hosts free monthly community-building improv jams, where the confident and the curious alike can learn improv and play together. They offer a full curriculum of improv training for performance, as well as workshops in improv skills and techniques for today's dynamic professional to develop creative listening, build teams, and encourage ideation. Recent clients include Procter & Gamble, Curiosity Advertising, the Cincinnati SWAT Team, Boone County Library, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. For a complete schedule of events and more info, visit www.otrimprov.com . OTRi makes their home at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and is a grateful member of Know's Jackson Street Market, a resource sharing program that benefits local theater companies and artists.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Know Theatre

6:30pm: Darlings

A dark and dangerous re-imagining of Peter Pan.

A re-imagining of "Peter Pan" told from the perspective of the Darlings, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night ... where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can't trust the charming little boy with the impish smile. A dark and dangerous fairy tale for adults.

8:45pm: Please Call Me Cupcake

Divine meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Reggie Watts.

A mashup of Divine, Pee Wee's Playhouse and Reggie Watts! This bizarre and hilarious drag queen performance uses vintage drum machines and synthesizers with stream of consciousness song lyrics to bring you into the strange mind of Cupcake Hawthorne. Performer Kevin Thornton is a veteran national fringe performer and 2010 New Faces winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Coffee Emporium

7:45pm: SHEnatra!

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin trapped in women's bodies.

The Rat Pack is back! Those hip swingers who epitomized mid-century male swagger live on--and face their own music. Forced to broaden their horizons in the bodies of a couple of broads, Frank and Dino ring-a-ding-ding away their time in purgatory examining timeless gender issues via classic songs with new opinions.

17 E Court

7:30pm: TESLA EX MACHINA

One-man show about Nikola Tesla, using live electrical demonstrations

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders!

9:15pm: Twiggy Fartdust and Her Nemesis From Mars

A glam-rock-karaoke-musical about an alien facing her nemesis.

In this glam-rock-karaoke musical an alien must rescue her true love from her nemesis. Join Sergeant Twiggy Fartdust as she adventures to Mars to save Yoshimi from the clutches of her intergalactic enemy, Kevin.

Art Academy Commons

7:30pm: Post Traumatic Super Delightful

Laughter and healing after sexual assault.

*Can there be laughter in the healing process? The lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.

9:15pm: The Secrets of Avondale Falls

Dynasty meets Power Rangers with a thousand times more quicksand.

Avondale Falls. Where everybody knows your name. Because they're planning to poison you for seducing their fiancé while they were in an amnesia-induced coma after falling into quicksand, and your husband, the world's handsomest doctor, is trying to put you in a medical prison for the exceptionally beautiful and rich. No one is safe in this 1980s soap opera, performed radio-style. Brought to you by the creator of "RADIO STAR" and her evil twin sister.

Art Academy Auditorium

8pm: A Night with the Dream Keeper

A bubbly hostess will weave through dreams and real-life.

Long ago, the Dream Keeper (DK) was assigned the task of watching and recording the dreams of people in a certain region. For the first time ever, she is being put in front of a live audience. DK, over-excited, but underprepared narrates while presenting her favorite group of people's dreams and subsequent real-life sequences. It'll be a thought-provoking night supplemented with laughter, music, and dreams one of the most fascinating complications of the human mind.

Art Academy Studio

6:30pm: My Left Teeth

A Dead Aunt's House. A Videotape. 2 Strangers. A Mystery-omedy.

My Left Teeth is a new play written and directed by Paul Strickland, starring Miranda McGee and Annie Kalahurka. While cleaning out the house of her estranged and strange dead aunt, a woman encounters her aunt's persistently peculiar neighbor, and then finds a mysterious videotape the departed left behind which is probably going to change everything.

8:20pm: Daddy Issues

The story of growing up with and without my father.

Moth Host and Storyteller Peter Aguero takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with and without his father. "

OTR Community Church

7:15pm: Black-n-White Cafe

There's more than cookies crumblin' down at the Black-n-White Cafe...

A diverse group of fun-loving patrons at a local hipster cafe are brought face-to-face with their fears when confronted by a larger society that seems to be crumbling like the famous NY-style black and white cookies that the cafe is known for. One by one, as they are confronted by the issues at hand, they learn to face one another honestly as they grapple with the awkward truths revealed as the story unfolds.

9:15pm: The Fainting room

An explosive release of physical comedy, hysteria, music and more!

Treat yourself to an explosive release of physical comedy, music, and candid confession by entering The Fainting Room. This raucous show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon of "female hysteria," celebrating self love and vibrators and rejecting the idea that it is better to be unhappy with someone or something that doesn't fit than to be alone.

MOTR

7:50pm: Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story

Singer/songwriter musical adventure that squeezes the heart and tickles the humorous.

Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story is an intimate musical adventure. It is a collection of story scenes that are interspersed with original songs, weaving a unique tapestry of theatrical evolution! One Woman, One Man, armed with only a chair, a table, a bottle of bourbon, and some instruments: Squeeze It From the Middle is a journey of (mostly) humorous stories and (practically) true tales worth repeating. Give it a juicy squeeze!

Graydon Head

6:30pm: Here's Hoping There's a Radioactive Spider in Your Future

A ridiculous comedy about the ridiculousness of growning up.

Some things in life are just too absurd to be taken seriously. Like high school, for example. It's a delicate juggling of Calculus homework, masterprank heists, lightsaber battles, and a wish and a prayer that the FAFSA comes out in your favour. Digital Middleground presents a satirical peek at one week in the life of five high school students; homework, heist, and lightsabers included.

8:15pm: Ice Candle

Memories melt. Especially in Indonesia. A live "un-documentary" solo show.

When Erika MacDonald was 18 she did NOT spend a year in Indonesia but she came close, before being evacuated. Can she ever truly explain what happened? A live "un-documentary" solo show about a strange girl in a strange land. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Performance" at Orlando Fringe, MacDonald has appeared in Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] and Tales Too Tall for Trailers.

Gabriel's Corner

6:30pm: Fruit Flies Like a Banana

3 performers. 20+ pieces. 60 minutes. YOU choose the order.

Winner of Audience & Critic's Choice Awards at Orlando Fringe, and earning 5 stars and Patrons' Pick at Minnesota Fringe, The Fourth Wall combines music, theatre, and dance in this madcap variety hour. In addition, YOU determine the show order by choosing cards from a deck! At the cry of "Pick a card, any card!" a company member dashes into the house to audience members eagerly waiting to choose whatever high-art shenanigan will come next.

8:15pm: Through the Mickle Woods

The king and boy seek Bear after the queen's death

Through the Mickle Woods is a dance-theatre story of a boy and king who travel deep into the woods after the queen has died. It was her last wish for them to give her ring to the Bear. Caught up in mourning, the king begrudgingly goes on the journey, but the boy convinces him to stay and hear the Bear's stories. The Bear tells three stories that help the king through his grief.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Know Theatre

6:15pm: Darlings

A dark and dangerous re-imagining of Peter Pan.

A re-imagining of "Peter Pan" told from the perspective of the Darlings, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night ... where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can't trust the charming little boy with the impish smile. A dark and dangerous fairy tale for adults.

8pm: Other Bother

Probing the bother from another other.

Others have infiltrated our daily existence. Others are irksome and tedious. Others believe weird stuff and do weird things. They're cretins. Evolution has not solved this problem? Why? WHY? WHHYYYYYYY? We will get right down to the real nitty gritty. We will solve the problem. We will make the world a joyous place. Join us as we explore how to conquer the bother of another other.

9:30pm: The Unrepentant Necrophile

A gothic rock romance about a mortician and her body.

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral… but three days just isn't enough. The creators of "Edgar Allan" (recipient of the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe) return with a gothic rock opera inspired by the notorious 1978 interview with necrophile Karen Greenlee

Coffee Emporium

7:45pm: Cosmic Nomad

Australian comedian shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars.

Comedian, physicist, and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it's increasingly likely he'll die on the red planet.

17 E Court

7:30pm: TESLA EX MACHINA

One-man show about Nikola Tesla, using live electrical demonstrations

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders!

9:15pm: Naked Strangers

Remember good manners? We don't. Etiquette explored.

We all enter the world as naked strangers. We clothe ourselves in etiquette to navigate the twists and turns of life together on this planet. We are taught what is right at a young age and we do our best by each other. Or do we? Naked Strangers is a theatrical journey that will rock your world. These are nasty times. Are you ready?

Art Academy Commons

9:15pm: Munitions Man

A grotesque parody of a broadway classic...with guns.

A grotesque parody of the Meredith Wilson classic meets American gun culture with a "South Park" sensibility, The Munitions Man follows NRA member and gun salesman Gerald Gill as he spreads fear and paranoia (through song and dance!) into the hearts and minds of the citizens of Gullible Falls, Idaho. Standing in his way is Carrie Anne, the town librarian, who tries to act as the voice of reason when chaos ensues.

Art Academy Auditorium

8:25pm: Duryodhana the Unconquerable

Universality of Ruling Class through the ages and its fate.

Duryodhana is a ruler from one of the most talked about epics: The Mahabharata. Through the words of Duryodhana and his wife Bhanumati, this play portrays the universal nature of the rulers from the ancient times of history till the present day. Power thus becomes the central character of the story while evolving around the struggle within it. The subjects of the rulers - will they eventually rise? Do they aspire to become another ruler?

Art Academy Studio

6:30pm: We Did It, Girl!

Let's just say our goal is nothing short of ending racism.

Our goal with We Did It, Girl! is the eradication of racism in America by the end of our run. Anything else is a waste of time. You might also laugh, cry, sing along and find yourself utterly horrified by the end and that's ok too. But we've got no more time for broad assumptions and lazy generalizations about people who are different and so we are putting a stop it here and now. Enjoy.

8pm: Daddy Issues

The story of growing up with and without my father.

Moth Host and Storyteller Peter Aguero takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with and without his father.

OTR Community Church

7pm: Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

One woman's true, hilarious, devastating story of placing her son for adoption.

Baby Mama tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams--while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn't). Bring hankies.

8:55pm: **** Men Have Said or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Patriarchy

Gender roles reexamined and re-imagined.

Enter the system! ReVamp Collective would like to invite you to the People's Association of Testing, Research, and Innovation for Achieving Rigorous Control of Humanity. This organization is committed to developing standards to maintain a well-ordered society, and training individuals to understand and fulfill these expectations. This production reexamines the established gender roles in our western society. Each 'test subject' will be part of the conversation through moments of audience participation before, during and after the performance. Welcome, and enjoy.

MOTR

7:45pm: Punk's Not Dead and Neither is Sam (Yet.)

True friendship is punk as f^ck. Save the orcas, man.

Guys! My friend Sam's real sick so listen. What if you only had one shot to pull off the most epic, punk as f^ck show ever, man? Nailing it would not only save "the kids," get you the girl, free the orcas, make me famous and… Wait, what? What was the deal with Sam again? Anyway, would you do it, man? Join some good friends and Shoeless Joe Jackson? in this punk as f^ck catastrophe.

Graydon Head

8pm: Midnight Express

A midnight plea leads two sisters to haunted train tracks and beyond.

Former sisters Casey and Cassie meet on haunted train tracks at midnight to recreate a ghost story from their childhood in an attempt to discover what part of family is real and what part is urban legend.

Gabriel's Corner

6:15pm: Seven Windows

Utilizes collaborations with amazing visual artists from around the world.

Based on the dream of a dancer in which she is visited by her recently departed mother, she asks her mother if she is in heaven. Her mother's response is that she has not opened the seven windows yet. SEVEN WINDOWS looks into the world of reincarnation and moving on in the afterlife. With new choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin and inspired by original paintings made by: Jill Brandwein, Danielle Hallman, Patricia Zarate and Julia Salinger.

8pm: Furlesque

Growing up can be hard in this furry burlesque club!

Jackson Hawkins is the owner of the Scratch & Sniff. Nancy Hawkins is his niece. She so desperately wants to be part of the show, but he won't let her. Why is he squashing her dreams? Why won't he let her dance? Is that a real bear roaming around the stage? Furlesque answers these questions (and creates quite a few more) in this coming of age story set inside a burlesque club for furries!

Others

7:45pm: Graphic -Know Theatre

Cincinnati murals come to life - inspiring collaboration & sparking social change.

Pones Inc. takes the audience outside the theatre and into the streets. The murals by ArtWorks and Higher Level Art have created an urban art gallery in the City, and "Graphic" extends these backdrops off their walls and into real life by creating six pop-up stages. Over 25 artists collaborate to share with you the stories behind the paint.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Know Theatre

7pm: Boo-boo

He's a thirty-year-old two-year-old. It's weird.

Frank is the nanny of Brandon, a 30-year-old man who lives his life as a toddler 24 hours a day. After three years, the two have grown close and Frank is troubled when he notices self-destructive tendencies in Brandon. He recruits Sandy, an altruistic but lost woman he meets at the park to go undercover as another adult baby to find what's hurting Brandon without alerting his mother, his greatest enabler.

9:20pm: TrueFringe 2016

Fringe artists' true, personal stories about life behind the scenes.

2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival artists sharing true, personal stories about their behind-the-scenes lives as artists! Since 2011, trueFRINGE has become a tradition at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. This year's storytellers are to-be-announced, but you will be excited by the line-up, guaranteed! See their shows during the Festival and then come hear what makes them tick. Make your Fringe experience complete with this one-night-only event: trueFRINGE!

Coffee Emporium

8pm: Cosmic Nomad

Australian comedian shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars.

Comedian, physicist, and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it's increasingly likely he'll die on the red planet.

So if YOU were leaving the planet in 10 years time, what would you do before you left?

17 E Court

6:30pm: Cessna: A Drama Noir

Murder, jazz and buried money.

December, 1982. An unexplained plane crash leaves five officials and confessed embezzler Carl Johnson incinerated in a ruined Montgomery bookstore. The box of cash they sought? Buried in Cincinnati. Agent John Lockwood seeks answers and redemption in a dark caper where none can be trusted and fate carries out its own inscrutable design.

Based on true events, CESSNA features live jazz music and an all-star cast including Michael Hall, Michael Bath, Mindy Heithaus and Carter Bratton.

8:25pm: Twiggy Fartdust and Her Nemesis From Mars

A glam-rock-karaoke-musical about an alien facing her nemesis.

In this glam-rock-karaoke musical an alien must rescue her true love from her nemesis. Join Sergeant Twiggy Fartdust as she adventures to Mars to save Yoshimi from the clutches of her intergalactic enemy, Kevin.

Art Academy Commons

7:20pm: The Secrets of Avondale Falls

Dynasty meets Power Rangers with a thousand times more quicksand.

Avondale Falls. Where everybody knows your name. Because they're planning to poison you for seducing their fiancé while they were in an amnesia-induced coma after falling into quicksand, and your husband, the world's handsomest doctor, is trying to put you in a medical prison for the exceptionally beautiful and rich. No one is safe in this 1980s soap opera, performed radio-style. Brought to you by the creator of "RADIO STAR" and her evil twin sister.

9:05pm: Seen, but not Touched

Kenric knows Hale better than anyone. Hale is so screwed.

Hale is just trying to get through life. Things aren't perfect (they rarely ever are), but Kenric complicates things even further. Seen, but not Touched is a show that focuses on the toxic relationship between the two and explores the way interactions that are seemingly innocent can have lasting impacts on all those they touch. Join Hale as he tries to define these connections and see if he can withstand all that is attached to them.

Art Academy Auditorium

6:30pm: A Night with the Dream Keeper

A bubbly hostess will weave through dreams and real-life.

Long ago, the Dream Keeper (DK) was assigned the task of watching and recording the dreams of people in a certain region. For the first time ever, she is being put in front of a live audience. DK, over-excited, but underprepared narrates while presenting her favorite group of people's dreams and subsequent real-life sequences. It'll be a thought-provoking night supplemented with laughter, music, and dreams one of the most fascinating complications of the human mind.

8:30pm: I Hate It Here

A romantic dramedy about two women trying to become one.

Shelly and Margaret are at an impasse in their relationship. Shelly's an unemployed, outgoing hypochondriac, and Margaret is a highly functional agoraphobe who hasn't spoken to anyone but Shelly and their cat, Mr. Furrypants, in a year. To jumpstart their lives and eliminate their faults, they try to meld into one person, using rituals and potions. I Hate It Here is the first appearance of a SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre, production in the Fringe Festival.

Art Academy Studio

6:30pm: My Left Teeth

A Dead Aunt's House. A Videotape. 2 Strangers. A Mystery-omedy.

My Left Teeth is a new play written and directed by Paul Strickland, starring Miranda McGee and Annie Kalahurka. While cleaning out the house of her estranged and strange dead aunt, a woman encounters her aunt's persistently peculiar neighbor, and then finds a mysterious videotape the departed left behind which is probably going to change everything.

8:30pm: We Did It, Girl!

Let's just say our goal is nothing short of ending racism.

Our goal with We Did It, Girl! is the eradication of racism in America by the end of our run. Anything else is a waste of time. You might also laugh, cry, sing along and find yourself utterly horrified by the end and that's ok too. But we've got no more time for broad assumptions and lazy generalizations about people who are different and so we are putting a stop it here and now. Enjoy.

OTR Community Church

6:30pm: Fainting Room

An explosive release of physical comedy, hysteria, music and more!

Treat yourself to an explosive release of physical comedy, music, and candid confession by entering The Fainting Room. This raucous show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon of "female hysteria," celebrating self love and vibrators and rejecting the idea that it is better to be unhappy with someone or something that doesn't fit than to be alone.

8:30pm: You Are Here: A Play in Retrospect

Two teens must confront past traumas to live authentically.

August and Violet, two cosmically drawn, generally dissatisfied high school seniors, are ****** into a memory wasteland containing neglected moments from their pasts. They are forced to confront their histories in order to come to terms with who they have become. They grapple with the concept of trust as they relive past harms ranging from religious condemnation to volatile family dynamic. The ultimatum: reconcile with their pasts, or never reenter the physical world.

MOTR

7:50pm: Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story

Singer/songwriter musical adventure that squeezes the heart and tickles the humorous.

Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story is an intimate musical adventure. It is a collection of story scenes that are interspersed with original songs, weaving a unique tapestry of theatrical evolution! One Woman, One Man, armed with only a chair, a table, a bottle of bourbon, and some instruments: Squeeze It From the Middle is a journey of (mostly) humorous stories and (practically) true tales worth repeating. Give it a juicy squeeze!

Graydon Head

9pm: Here's Hoping There's a Radioactive Spider in Your Future

A ridiculous comedy about the ridiculousness of growning up.

Some things in life are just too absurd to be taken seriously. Like high school, for example. It's a delicate juggling of Calculus homework, masterprank heists, lightsaber battles, and a wish and a prayer that the FAFSA comes out in your favour. Digital Middleground presents a satirical peek at one week in the life of five high school students; homework, heist, and lightsabers included.

Gabriel's Corner

7:15pm: Through the Mickle Woods

The king and boy seek Bear after the queen's death

Through the Mickle Woods is a dance-theatre story of a boy and king who travel deep into the woods after the queen has died. It was her last wish for them to give her ring to the Bear. Caught up in mourning, the king begrudgingly goes on the journey, but the boy convinces him to stay and hear the Bear's stories. The Bear tells three stories that help the king through his grief.

9pm: Fruit Flies Like a Banana

3 performers. 20+ pieces. 60 minutes. YOU choose the order.

Winner of Audience & Critic's Choice Awards at Orlando Fringe, and earning 5 stars and Patrons' Pick at Minnesota Fringe, The Fourth Wall combines music, theatre, and dance in this madcap variety hour. In addition, YOU determine the show order by choosing cards from a deck! At the cry of "Pick a card, any card!" a company member dashes into the house to audience members eagerly waiting to choose whatever high-art shenanigan will come next.

Others

8pm: The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide - Ensemble Theatre

Never will be sooner than you think

When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Know Theatre

6:15pm: Clara

Aerial silks meets dance theatre in this story of resilience.

Using dance, theatre and aerial silks, Clara is a singular theatrical event that tells the remarkable true story of one woman's fortitude despite tremendous adversity. Delve through time from the Depression and World War II to today to meet Clara at three pivotal ages: as a child, as a young adult and as a mature older woman who discovers that, in the face of loss and betrayal, the resilient know strength, hope and appreciation remain.

8:00pm: Other Bother

Probing the bother from another other.

Others have infiltrated our daily existence. Others are irksome and tedious. Others believe weird stuff and do weird things. They're cretins. Evolution has not solved this problem? Why? WHY? WHHYYYYYYY? We will get right down to the real nitty gritty. We will solve the problem. We will make the world a joyous place. Join us as we explore how to conquer the bother of another other.

9:30pm: Please Call Me Cupcake

Divine meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Reggie Watts.

A mashup of Divine, Pee Wee's Playhouse and Reggie Watts! This bizarre and hilarious drag queen performance uses vintage drum machines and synthesizers with stream of consciousness song lyrics to bring you into the strange mind of Cupcake Hawthorne. Performer Kevin Thornton is a veteran national fringe performer and 2010 New Faces winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Coffee Emporium

8:15pm: SHEnatra!

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin trapped in women's bodies.

The Rat Pack is back! Those hip swingers who epitomized mid-century male swagger live on--and face their own music. Forced to broaden their horizons in the bodies of a couple of broads, Frank and Dino ring-a-ding-ding away their time in purgatory examining timeless gender issues via classic songs with new opinions. The Fresno Bee calls it "razor-sharp...blisteringly funny...a MUST-SEE." From the creators of The Famous Haydell Sisters.

17 E Court

7:40pm: The Gospel of Fat Kathy

Millennials- Prepared to Get Schooled. Everyone Else- We're Sorry.

In this play, God checks in on Earth disguised as a high school student. A girl spreads cooties with a nudie. A suicide is contemplated. Myths are performed. Lessons are learned. You'll cry, you'll LOL- your grandmother's not gonna get it. #gofk

9:15pm: TESLA EX MACHINA

One-man show about Nikola Tesla, using live electrical demonstrations

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders!

Art Academy Commons

6:30pm: Golconda

Four famous artists discuss relationships and their sexualities before Pride.

In the modern world of online dating, anyone can be anyone. So why not be four of the most influential artists of all time? Join Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol at brunch as they explore the freedoms and restrictions of their sexualities. When presented with equal dignity in the eyes of the law, what happens when some refuse this right themselves? It's a coming of age story, where four generations come to age together.

9:20pm: Velour

Vinnie Velour hilariously pursues dreams of becoming a lounge singer.

The creators of The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin' Love (Citybeat Critic's Pick 2014) are back for their 3rd Cincy Fringe with the story of wannabe lounge singer, Vinnie Velour, who must fight for the right to sing via a series of audience-chosen variety acts offering 27 possible outcomes!

Art Academy Auditorium

7:45pm: The Biscuiteater

Jim Loucks' new rollicking solo performance in Southern storytelling style

Jim Loucks returns to the CincyFringe with his new rollicking solo performance. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Loucks' previous show Cemetery Golf was a "Critic's Pick" by the Cincinnati Citybeat.

Art Academy Studio

7:30pm: Daddy Issues

The story of growing up with and without my father.

Moth Host and Storyteller Peter Aguero takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with and without his father.

9:15pm: My Left Teeth

A Dead Aunt's House. A Videotape. 2 Strangers. A Mystery-omedy.

My Left Teeth is a new play written and directed by Paul Strickland, starring Miranda McGee and Annie Kalahurka. While cleaning out the house of her estranged and strange dead aunt, a woman encounters her aunt's persistently peculiar neighbor, and then finds a mysterious videotape the departed left behind which is probably going to change everything.

OTR Community Church

7:45pm: You Are Here: A Play in Retrospect

Two teens must confront past traumas to live authentically.

August and Violet, two cosmically drawn, generally dissatisfied high school seniors, are ****** into a memory wasteland containing neglected moments from their pasts. They are forced to confront their histories in order to come to terms with who they have become. They grapple with the concept of trust as they relive past harms ranging from religious condemnation to volatile family dynamic. The ultimatum: reconcile with their pasts, or never reenter the physical world.

MOTR

6:30pm: Punk's Not Dead and Neither is Sam (Yet.)

True friendship is punk as f^ck. Save the orcas, man.

Guys! My friend Sam's real sick so listen. What if you only had one shot to pull off the most epic, punk as f^ck show ever, man? Nailing it would not only save "the kids," get you the girl, free the orcas, make me famous and… Wait, what? What was the deal with Sam again? Anyway, would you do it, man? Join some good friends and Shoeless Joe Jackson? in this punk as f^ck catastrophe.

Graydon Head

7:30pm: Midnight Express

A midnight plea leads two sisters to haunted train tracks and beyond.

Former sisters Casey and Cassie meet on haunted train tracks at midnight to recreate a ghost story from their childhood in an attempt to discover what part of family is real and what part is urban legend.

9:15pm: Ice Candle

Memories melt. Especially in Indonesia. A live "un-documentary" solo show.

When Erika MacDonald was 18 she did NOT spend a year in Indonesia but she came close, before being evacuated. Can she ever truly explain what happened? A live "un-documentary" solo show about a strange girl in a strange land. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Performance" at Orlando Fringe, MacDonald has appeared in Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] and Tales Too Tall for Trailers.

Gabriel's Corner

7:15pm: Furlesque

Growing up can be hard in this furry burlesque club!

Jackson Hawkins is the owner of the Scratch & Sniff. Nancy Hawkins is his niece. She so desperately wants to be part of the show, but he won't let her. Why is he squashing her dreams? Why won't he let her dance? Is that a real bear roaming around the stage? Furlesque answers these questions (and creates quite a few more) in this coming of age story set inside a burlesque club for furries!

9pm: Seven Windows

Utilizes collaborations with amazing visual artists from around the world.

Based on the dream of a dancer in which she is visited by her recently departed mother, she asks her mother if she is in heaven. Her mother's response is that she has not opened the seven windows yet. SEVEN WINDOWS looks into the world of reincarnation and moving on in the afterlife. With new choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin and inspired by original paintings made by: Jill Brandwein, Danielle Hallman, Patricia Zarate and Julia Salinger.

Others:

6:30pm: The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide - Ensemble Theatre

Never will be sooner than you think

When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.

9pm: Graphic - Know Theatre

Cincinnati murals come to life - inspiring collaboration & sparking social change.

Pones Inc. takes the audience outside the theatre and into the streets. The murals by ArtWorks and Higher Level Art have created an urban art gallery in the City, and "Graphic" extends these backdrops off their walls and into real life by creating six pop-up stages. Over 25 artists collaborate to share with you the stories behind the paint.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Know Theatre

1:00pm: Boo-boo

He's a thirty-year-old two-year-old. It's weird.

Frank is the nanny of Brandon, a 30-year-old man who lives his life as a toddler 24 hours a day. After three years, the two have grown close and Frank is troubled when he notices self-destructive tendencies in Brandon. He recruits Sandy, an altruistic but lost woman he meets at the park to go undercover as another adult baby to find what's hurting Brandon without alerting his mother, his greatest enabler.

2:55pm: Darlings

A dark and dangerous re-imagining of Peter Pan.

A re-imagining of "Peter Pan" told from the perspective of the Darlings, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night ... where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can't trust the charming little boy with the impish smile. A dark and dangerous fairy tale for adults.

6:30pm: The Unrepentant Necrophile

A gothic rock romance about a mortician and her body.

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral… but three days just isn't enough. The creators of "Edgar Allan" (recipient of the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe) return with a gothic rock opera inspired by the notorious 1978 interview with necrophile Karen Greenlee

8:05pm: Please Call Me Cupcake

Divine meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Reggie Watts.

A mashup of Divine, Pee Wee's Playhouse and Reggie Watts! This bizarre and hilarious drag queen performance uses vintage drum machines and synthesizers with stream of consciousness song lyrics to bring you into the strange mind of Cupcake Hawthorne. Performer Kevin Thornton is a veteran national fringe performer and 2010 New Faces winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Coffee Emporium

7:25pm: Cosmic Nomad

Australian comedian shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars.

Comedian, physicist, and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it's increasingly likely he'll die on the red planet.

9:10pm: SHEnata!

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin trapped in women's bodies.

The Rat Pack is back! Those hip swingers who epitomized mid-century male swagger live on--and face their own music. Forced to broaden their horizons in the bodies of a couple of broads, Frank and Dino ring-a-ding-ding away their time in purgatory examining timeless gender issues via classic songs with new opinions. The Fresno Bee calls it "razor-sharp...blisteringly funny...a MUST-SEE." From the creators of The Famous Haydell Sisters.
   
17 E Court

4:15pm: The Gospel of Fat Kathy

Millennials- Prepared to Get Schooled. Everyone Else- We're Sorry.

In this play, God checks in on Earth disguised as a high school student. A girl spreads cooties with a nudie. A suicide is contemplated. Myths are performed. Lessons are learned. You'll cry, you'll LOL- your grandmother's not gonna get it. #gofk

7:30pm: Twiggy Fartdust and Her Nemesis From Mars

A glam-rock-karaoke-musical about an alien facing her nemesis.

In this glam-rock-karaoke musical an alien must rescue her true love from her nemesis. Join Sergeant Twiggy Fartdust as she adventures to Mars to save Yoshimi from the clutches of her intergalactic enemy, Kevin.

9:05pm: Cessna: A Drama Noir

Murder, jazz and buried money.

December, 1982. An unexplained plane crash leaves five officials and confessed embezzler Carl Johnson incinerated in a ruined Montgomery bookstore. The box of cash they sought? Buried in Cincinnati. Agent John Lockwood seeks answers and redemption in a dark caper where none can be trusted and fate carries out its own inscrutable design.

Based on true events, CESSNA features live jazz music and an all-star cast including Michael Hall, Michael Bath, Mindy Heithaus and Carter Bratton.

Art Academy Commons

3pm: Velour

Vinnie Velour hilariously pursues dreams of becoming a lounge singer.

The creators of The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin' Love (Citybeat Critic's Pick 2014) are back for their 3rd Cincy Fringe with the story of wannabe lounge singer, Vinnie Velour, who must fight for the right to sing via a series of audience-chosen variety acts offering 27 possible outcomes!

5:55pm: Super Delightful

Laughter and healing after sexual assault.

*Can there be laughter in the healing process? The lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.

7:40pm: Golconda

Four famous artists discuss relationships and their sexualities before Pride.

In the modern world of online dating, anyone can be anyone. So why not be four of the most influential artists of all time? Join Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol at brunch as they explore the freedoms and restrictions of their sexualities. When presented with equal dignity in the eyes of the law, what happens when some refuse this right themselves? It's a coming of age story, where four generations come to age together.

9:30pm: The Secrets of Avondale Falls

Dynasty meets Power Rangers with a thousand times more quicksand.

Avondale Falls. Where everybody knows your name. Because they're planning to poison you for seducing their fiancé while they were in an amnesia-induced coma after falling into quicksand, and your husband, the world's handsomest doctor, is trying to put you in a medical prison for the exceptionally beautiful and rich. No one is safe in this 1980s soap opera, performed radio-style. Brought to you by the creator of "RADIO STAR" and her evil twin sister.

Art Academy Auditorium

1:25pm: A Night with the Dream Keeper

A bubbly hostess will weave through dreams and real-life.

Long ago, the Dream Keeper (DK) was assigned the task of watching and recording the dreams of people in a certain region. For the first time ever, she is being put in front of a live audience. DK, over-excited, but underprepared narrates while presenting her favorite group of people's dreams and subsequent real-life sequences. It'll be a thought-provoking night supplemented with laughter, music, and dreams one of the most fascinating complications of the human mind.

4pm: The Biscuiteater

Jim Loucks' new rollicking solo performance in Southern storytelling style

Jim Loucks returns to the CincyFringe with his new rollicking solo performance. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Loucks' previous show Cemetery Golf was a "Critic's Pick" by the Cincinnati Citybeat.

7:25pm: Duryodhana the Unconquerable

Universality of Ruling Class through the ages and its fate.

Duryodhana is a ruler from one of the most talked about epics: The Mahabharata. Through the words of Duryodhana and his wife Bhanumati, this play portrays the universal nature of the rulers from the ancient times of history till the present day. Power thus becomes the central character of the story while evolving around the struggle within it. The subjects of the rulers - will they eventually rise? Do they aspire to become another ruler?

9:10pm: I Hate it Here

A romantic dramedy about two women trying to become one.

Shelly and Margaret are at an impasse in their relationship. Shelly's an unemployed, outgoing hypochondriac, and Margaret is a highly functional agoraphobe who hasn't spoken to anyone but Shelly and their cat, Mr. Furrypants, in a year. To jumpstart their lives and eliminate their faults, they try to meld into one person, using rituals and potions. I Hate It Here is the first appearance of a SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre, production in the Fringe Festival.

OTR Community Church

4pm: Black-n-White Cafe

There's more than cookies crumblin' down at the Black-n-White Cafe...

A diverse group of fun-loving patrons at a local hipster cafe are brought face-to-face with their fears when confronted by a larger society that seems to be crumbling like the famous NY-style black and white cookies that the cafe is known for. One by one, as they are confronted by the issues at hand, they learn to face one another honestly as they grapple with the awkward truths revealed as the story unfolds.

7:20pm: Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

One woman's true, hilarious, devastating story of placing her son for adoption.

Baby Mama tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams--while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn't). Bring hankies.

9:15pm: Fainting Room

An explosive release of physical comedy, hysteria, music and more!

Treat yourself to an explosive release of physical comedy, music, and candid confession by entering The Fainting Room. This raucous show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon of "female hysteria," celebrating self love and vibrators and rejecting the idea that it is better to be unhappy with someone or something that doesn't fit than to be alone.

MOTR

4pm: Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story

Singer/songwriter musical adventure that squeezes the heart and tickles the humorous.

Squeeze It From the Middle: A Love Story is an intimate musical adventure. It is a collection of story scenes that are interspersed with original songs, weaving a unique tapestry of theatrical evolution! One Woman, One Man, armed with only a chair, a table, a bottle of bourbon, and some instruments: Squeeze It From the Middle is a journey of (mostly) humorous stories and (practically) true tales worth repeating. Give it a juicy squeeze!

7pm: Punk's Not Dead and Neither is Sam (Yet.)

True friendship is punk as f^ck. Save the orcas, man.

Guys! My friend Sam's real sick so listen. What if you only had one shot to pull off the most epic, punk as f^ck show ever, man? Nailing it would not only save "the kids," get you the girl, free the orcas, make me famous and… Wait, what? What was the deal with Sam again? Anyway, would you do it, man? Join some good friends and Shoeless Joe Jackson? in this punk as f^ck catastrophe.

Graydon Head

2:30pm: Here's Hoping There's a Radioactive Spider in Your Future

A ridiculous comedy about the ridiculousness of growning up.

Some things in life are just too absurd to be taken seriously. Like high school, for example. It's a delicate juggling of Calculus homework, masterprank heists, lightsaber battles, and a wish and a prayer that the FAFSA comes out in your favour. Digital Middleground presents a satirical peek at one week in the life of five high school students; homework, heist, and lightsabers included.

7:30pm: Ice Candle

Memories melt. Especially in Indonesia. A live "un-documentary" solo show.

When Erika MacDonald was 18 she did NOT spend a year in Indonesia but she came close, before being evacuated. Can she ever truly explain what happened? A live "un-documentary" solo show about a strange girl in a strange land. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Performance" at Orlando Fringe, MacDonald has appeared in Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] and Tales Too Tall for Trailers.

Gabriel's Corner

2pm: Fruica Banana

3 performers. 20+ pieces. 60 minutes. YOU choose the order.

Winner of Audience & Critic's Choice Awards at Orlando Fringe, and earning 5 stars and Patrons' Pick at Minnesota Fringe, The Fourth Wall combines music, theatre, and dance in this madcap variety hour. In addition, YOU determine the show order by choosing cards from a deck! At the cry of "Pick a card, any card!" a company member dashes into the house to audience members eagerly waiting to choose whatever high-art shenanigan will come next.

3:45pm: Seven Window

Utilizes collaborations with amazing visual artists from around the world.

Based on the dream of a dancer in which she is visited by her recently departed mother, she asks her mother if she is in heaven. Her mother's response is that she has not opened the seven windows yet. SEVEN WINDOWS looks into the world of reincarnation and moving on in the afterlife. With new choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin and inspired by original paintings made by: Jill Brandwein, Danielle Hallman, Patricia Zarate and Julia Salinger.

5:30pm: Charlie's Girls

It was so wonderful that it scared us.

"These were your children; you threw them out and I took them in." Charles Manson, Gardener of the Haight, tended to the Flower Children. In a time of free love, why was war their first, last, and only hope? In the shadow of the horrific murders of 1969, Charlie's Girls explores the space in which the impressionable prey becomes the merciless predator.

Others:

2:30pm and 9pm:: The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide - Ensemble Theatre

Never will be sooner than you think

When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.

7:45pm: Graphic - Know Theatre

Cincinnati murals come to life - inspiring collaboration & sparking social change.

Pones Inc. takes the audience outside the theatre and into the streets. The murals by ArtWorks and Higher Level Art have created an urban art gallery in the City, and "Graphic" extends these backdrops off their walls and into real life by creating six pop-up stages. Over 25 artists collaborate to share with you the stories behind the paint.

Date: June 1 - 11, 2016

Locations:
Know Theatre Of Cincinnati 1120 Jackson Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Gabriel's Corner 1425 Sycamore, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Graydon Head 1421 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Art Academy 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

17 E Court Street 17 E Court Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Coffee Emporium 110 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

OTR Community Church 1310 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

MOTR Pub 1345 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cost: $15

For Details: http://www.cincyfringe.com